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WKCTC Celebrates Earth Day with Free Concert and Events

Paducah, Kentucky (April 7, 2016) - Attend a concert, have a vehicle pollution check, learn about HVAC energy efficiency and join the book exchange. These are just a few of the free events available to the community during West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges Earth Day Celebration April 16-22. Friday, April 22 is Earth Day.

The weeks events kickoff with the seventh annual Concert in the Park Saturday, April 16 from 3 10 p.m. at Carson Park, rain or shine. Concessions will be available.

Family-friendly events with fun childrens activities such as sack races, face painting and horseback rides will be part of the days celebration.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. and features live music and poetry readings. Musical guests are The Legendary Jack Martin amp; Good Company, Art Thieves, Shannon Vetter, Wes Blackwood, Barely Blue, Ryan Steele and The Mulungeons. Guest poets are Levi McDuffy, Chole Quint, Grace Yocum and Samuel Snacks Hawkins.

WKCTC has started a new Earth Day tradition with its first book exchange, which will run throughout the colleges weeklong Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in Matheson Library.

Everyone is invited to bring a book they would like to donate and then take a book they would like to read. What a wonderful way for our faculty, staff, students and community to join together to encourage reading, said Amy Sullivan, WKCTCs interim director of library services. It also allows everyone to participate in recycling books to help our environment, she said. Remaining books will be donated to Better World Books.

On Tuesday, April 19 at WKCTCs Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory, individuals can learn about solar power and HVAC efficiency in the centers Green Energy Auditing Simulator from 10 a.m. to noon. A vehicle pollution check including tires and tailpipe emissions will also be available from noon to 2 p.m. Vehicles will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Animal lovers will get a special treat Wednesday, April 20 outside Haws Gym between 10 a.m. and noon as WKCTCs Shawn Harper brings a variety of large and small animals to campus. Visitors will have the opportunity pet and hold some of the animals.

Learn about alternative energy with a solar thermal panel demonstration outside WKCTCs Emerging Technology Center Thursday, April 21 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. The demonstration will be cancelled in inclement weather.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the HVAC efficiency demonstration and vehicle pollution checks, contact the Skilled Craft Training Center at (270) 856-2400. For Concert in the Park information, contact David Nickell, WKCTC Concept Zero advisor, at (270) 534-3269. For other Earth Day event information contact Bobby Lee, WKCTC Earth Day coordinator, at (270) 534-3237.